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I’m feeling a bit sad at the moment – after tomorrow’s Remembrance Day I’ll be returning to the Royal British Legion headquarters in London where I’ll stay until Poppy Appeal events next year. This means I’m putting away my blogging pen for a bit!

I’ve had an amazing time touring around the UK meeting lots of people and hearing their special stories, and I’ve felt so overwhelmed with support. I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has fundraised this year and to everyone who has donated – the Royal British Legion really couldn’t do what it does without you. I’ll just have time to squeeze in one last appearance – you’ll be able to catch me on Blue Peter tomorrow. I’ll be sharing some facts about the Poppy Appeal (including how I keep my own poppies in tip-top condition!) and letting everyone know why Remembrance is so important. Tune in!

As for you music lovers – the X Factor single Hero (sales help support both Help the Heroes and the Royal British Legion) is still at the number one spot, for the second week! To date it’s sold 502,844 copies and is amazingly the fastest selling charity single of the decade and the fastest selling single of 2008!

Well, tomorrow is the big day and the ceremony at the Cenotaph will be led by none other than Britain’s last surviving veterans of the First World War. That’s Henry Allingham, 112, Harry Patch, 110, and Bill Stone, 108. They’re going to be accompanied by the Duchess of Gloucester, Gordon Brown and about 4,000 others. After the service they’ll be off for some tea and biscuits at No 10 Downing Street with the prime minister. Bill tells me why he’s going along: “If it wasn’t for events like the laying of the wreath, then you’d forget it all. It’s especially important for the younger people who weren’t alive to see the wars.”

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10th Nov 2008, 14:57   | tags:,,,

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